Statement : Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
July 7, 2020 Statement
"The Fiscal Year 2021 Interior Appropriations bill would fulfill its obligations to make sound investments to preserve our natural resources, protect Americans from environmental hazards, and meet the challenges of the climate crisis."
July 7, 2020 Statement
"This bill is a rejection of the dangerous policies and funding cuts proposed by the Trump Administration. Instead, this bill moves us forward, by investing our resources in ways that keep our communities safe and healthy."
June 11, 2020 Statement
"With the funds provided, now would be the time to start fulfilling the Nation’s obligations. Instead, the Federal government is failing once again - providing insufficient personal protective equipment, incomplete test kits, and delayed distribution of funds. As of June 9, IHS reports 13,806 positive COVID-19 cases. That is out of 162,595 tests provided, or an 8.5% positive rate. But this is not even a comprehensive picture of the extent of the virus and the deaths it has caused."
March 11, 2020 Statement
"For fiscal year 2021, the Interior Department is seeking a $1.9 billion cut, or 14 percent, from the fiscal year 2020 enacted level for the bureaus and programs funded through the Interior appropriations bill. It would slash the US Geological Survey budget by 24%. It would eliminate Landscape Conservation Cooperatives and Science Support at the Fish and Wildlife Service. Essentially, this budget would undo all progress we made last year toward advancing science."
March 10, 2020 Statement
"Today we will hear from Members of Congress on pressing issues ranging from concerns about offshore drilling, funding wastewater infrastructure, to supporting the National Estuary Program. The Members testifying today represent the interests of both Republicans and Democrats, from cities and rural areas all over the country, facing a broad array of challenges."
March 4, 2020 Statement
"For fiscal year 2021, the president requests $6.66 billion for EPA, a 27% cut below the FY 2020 enacted level of $9.06 billion. This request seeks to undo all the progress we were able to achieve on a broad, bipartisan basis in FY 2020. For example, the request eliminates the $39 million in new funding we provided EPA to address PFAS. The request would gut climate and clean air funding and grants by 47%, a $409 million cut below the FY 2020 level. The request also slashes $870 million from the $3 billion we invested in the FY 2020 bill to rebuild our nation’s crumbling water infrastructure."
March 3, 2020 Statement
"The administration’s budget proposes to reduce the Gallery’s renovation budget by $11.8 million or 7 percent, delaying critical repairs and putting the safety of visitors and the collection at risk. Last year, Congress rejected a similar proposal and instead increased renovation funding by $2 million and the Gallery by $4.8 million overall."
February 27, 2020 Statement
"This is the administration’s fourth budget, and just like the previous requests, it would be a disaster for our nation’s forests if enacted. This budget proposes to reduce non-fire activities by $202 million. It eliminates key programs, undervalues the importance of state and private forestry work, and cuts the scientific research that keeps our forests healthy. And we know that healthy forests are vital to clean watersheds, breathable air, and mitigating climate change."
February 12, 2020 Statement
"I welcome today’s distinguished elected tribal leaders and non-elected tribal leaders, all of whom play an important role in educating others on Native issues and challenges. The issues we’ll be hearing about this morning are part of the treaty and trust obligation that the United States owes to Native Americans."
February 11, 2020 Statement
"The federal government entered into treaties guaranteeing health care to Native Americans. A few months ago, I travelled to South Dakota and saw firsthand how centuries later the government is still not meeting its responsibilities. The need for investment in health care and related facilities is real and we will continue to do the best we can with the allocation we are given."